Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Darryl Strawberry: 2005 Topps Rookie Cup

OMG! OMG!! OMG!! 

IT'S A ROOKIE CUP!

Heinous card design from front to back, but Topps somehow limited themselves to a set of just 160 cards. I like the post-swing image of Strawberry used on the card. Frankly anything Mets will be nicer looking than Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees. 

The set is actually a nice mix of players, both well-known and probably under-appreciated. I wish Topps featured more variance in the players it uses year-to-year, but I'm sure there are things like contracts and what not that prevent them from issuing a more diverse checklist. 


Do you have any cards from this set? Do you like its design? I'm not really that impressed with it. And I think, in general, the placement of things like Rookie Cups needs to be in either the lower left or lower right corner.  I don't like this hanging out in the middle of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

6 comments:

  1. "I wish Topps featured more variance in the players it uses year-to-year."
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    A Thousand Times This!

    I think the design could be improved if they used a big Rookie Cup in the back ground. No? I understand all the negative space is the cup, but I would like to see it colorized.

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  2. I love this set so much that I have been working (somewhat passively recently) on a rainbow set over the last decade. It's a simple design, but it really works and showcases something that is exclusively Topps in the hobby. I believe I would be equally enamored if Donruss put out a Rated Rookies set similar to this.

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  3. I bought a couple of the orange parallels (/399) from the online dime box a few months back--obviously not any big stars. They're pretty nice, and the orange is a good color for it. You're right that the placement of the cup itself is awkward.

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  4. If I have any singles from this set... it's probably an A's or Padres player that someone has sent me... or maybe a Bonds, Ichiro, Maddux, or another player I PC.

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  5. Fuji - I have one of your A's from this set. It's Dan Johnson and he represents my entire collection of 2005 Topps Rookie Cup.

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  6. Most bloggers seem to love this set, glad to see that no shade was thrown your way for knocking it :)

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